Dana Cowin welcomes Oakland baker/chef Reem Assil to the StreamPDX trailer to talk about her amazing journey from community and labor organizer to owner of Food + Wine’s Best Restaurant of the Year 2018. They discuss some of Reem’s signature street food dishes, Arab hospitality and why “revolutions are born in cafes and bakeries.”

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Reem Assil is the owner of Reem’s California – Food & Wine‘s Best Restaurant of the Year 2018 – a tribute to Arab street-corner bakeries and the vibrant communities that surround them. She is also owner and Chef of Dyafa, a fine dining restaurant that celebrates the breadth and depth of Arab culture and cuisine. Reem’s restaurants are inspired by her Palestinian-Syrian upbringing surrounded by aromas and tastes of food from the homeland and the connections they evoked of her heritage, family, and community. Before dedicating herself to a culinary career, Reem worked for a decade as a community and labor organizer, and is dedicated to social justice as a core value of her businesses. She has worked with Bay Area’s esteemed cooperative bakery Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria, Grace Street Catering, Penelope Bar & Lounge, and several other local Bay Area chefs. Reem was a James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef: West 2018 and San Francisco Chronicle’s Rising Star Chef 2017.

Thanks to our engineer, Aaron Parecki of Stream PDX.

Music by Breakmaster Cylinder

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